"Vuoden Bisnesenkeli-Exit" uutinen suomenksi täältä
The board of Finnish Business Angels Network has awarded Kaj Rönnlund with the prize “Finnish Business Angel Exit of the Year”. The motivation for Mr. Rönnlund’s election was his two exits during 2014 from two of his startup investment “The Switch” (wind power) and “Fixure” (P2P lending). The prize was awarded at FiBAN’s spring meeting 31.3.2015.
Kaj Rönnlund's two exits are excellent examples of how private investors actively supports early-stage growth goals rapidly leading the companies to fit large market needs. In both of Mr. Rönnlund's exits there has been growth challenges but with the support of private experience, networks and financials has brought the necessary dynamics to support continuous growth. Both of the companies are in a strong growth phase and for example The Switch has established 175 jobs.
Mr. Rönnlund lives in Vaasa where he acts and supports the development of local startup activity, especially in the sectors of Clean tech and ICT. Mr. Rönnlund will continue as an active business angel and has so far made 14 startup investments of which currently five are active.
Previous winners of the "Finnish Business Angel Exit of the Year" awards are Jari Ovaskainen (2013) and Antti Pekkanen (2012). The prize is awarded in cooperation with Nordea Bank.
FINNISH BUSINESS ANGELS NETWORKFiBAN is a Finnish, national, non-profit association of private investors that aims to improve the possibilities for private persons to invest in unlisted potential growth companies. The association's work is based on the activity by private investors and cooperates with networks supporting high-growth goals.
The FiBAN network is today one of the largest and most active business angel networks in Europe with almost 500 approved members and over 100 events held year 2013. FiBAN is a member of the European Business Angels Network (EBAN) and was chosen as the "Business angel network of the year 2012".
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